Need a plan for this Valentine’s Day in Seattle?
We got you. Seattle can be a surprisingly romantic city (after all, it is the setting of 50 Shades of Grey) so it wasn’t hard to round up a selection of dinners, concerts, and rooftop bars for your Valentine’s Day needs. We also managed to include suggestions for budget-friendly dates, comedic dates, nerdy dates, and even anti-Valentine’s Day events for those who are single or just prefer to celebrate their friends (or their dog). In other words, there’s something here for everyone!
Here are 30 ideas for things to do this Valentine’s Day in Seattle:
1. Go on a spicy adults-only date at the zoo
If you’re looking for an out-of-the-box date night this year, you may want to know that Seattle’s Woodland Park Zoo is offering cocktails and a humorous educational crash course at their upcoming “Mating and Dating” event. Intrigued? Read all about Valentine’s Day at Woodland Park Zoo.
When: Thursday, February 16, 2023 at 5:30 p.m.
Where: Woodland Park Zoo
Cost: $36 per person
2. Experience an immersive Van Gogh experience
This immersive Van Gogh exhibit is a great way to impress your art-loving date—and the feeling of being inside a famous painting together can’t be beat. You can still get Van Gogh: The Immersive Experience tickets for select dates in February.
When: select dates in February
Where: 1750 Occidental Ave.
3. See a romantic Candlelight Concert
For a memorable Valentine’s Day date, take your better half to this candlelit string concert featuring music from romantic movies including Romeo and Juliet, Titanic, and Breakfast at Tiffany’s. Tickets are on sale for the Candlelight: Valentine’s Day Special now. There are also a few tickets left for this February’s Candlelight: A Tribute to Taylor Swift at the Lotte Hotel.
Alternatively you could gift your sweetie a Candlelight Gift Card that they can use for a concert of their choice.
4. Go on an after-hours date at the Seattle Aquarium
If you prefer the Seattle Aquarium to the zoo, this is a fun and unique Valentine’s Day event to experience with your other half. You’ll be able to enjoy the aquarium habitats after dark (without the crowds of kids around) as well as activities and live music by Indigenous band Khu.éex’. There will also be a bar and food available for purchase.
Get tickets and more info on the aquarium website.
When: Tuesday, February 14, 2023 at 6:30 to 9:30 p.m.
Where: Seattle Aquarium
Cost: $39 per person
Want to take your crush to see a movie? Do it in a budget-friendly way with the AMC Black Ticket. You can use the money you saved to treat them to all the movie snacks and popcorn their heart desires.
6. See a Valentine’s Day comedy show
In need of a laugh this Valentine’s Day? Head to one of these live comedy shows in Seattle (click the links for tickets):
- Comedy of Love: A Valentine’s Day Improv on February 14 at 8:00 by Unexpected Productions at Pike Place Market.
- Valentine’s Day Comedy in Ballard: two performances by Thomas Nichols on February 14 at 5:00 and 7:30 at Bickersons Brewhouse.
- The Second City Valentine’s Day: “Swipe Right: An Incomplete Guide To The Ultimate Date Night” on February 14 at 7:30 at The Moore Theatre.
6. Join the Seattle Anti-Valentine’s Day Club Crawl
This is a fun event if you’re single and ready to mingle. Your ticket gets you access to some of Seattle’s best nightclubs, all of which will have drink specials and be playing ’80s and ’90s music.
Get details and tickets on the event page.
When: Tuesday, February 14, 2023
Where: participating Seattle nightclubs
7. Attend a Valentine’s Day Singles Party
If you’re hoping to meet someone, grab a ticket to this 21+ singles party taking place in the Dock’s beer garden. There will be stoplight wrist bands, a DJ, a free toast, tacos and food specials, themed drinks, and prizes. The best part is that if you’re uncomfortable going alone, your ticket allows you to bring a date or a friend.
Get info and tickets on the Seattle Social Club website.
When: Tuesday, February 14, 2023 from 7:00 to 9:00
Where: The Dock Sports Bar & Grill (1102 North 34th St)
8. Get a free lipsology reading
Want to try something new? You can head to W Seattle (a trendy downtown hotel) on Valentine’s Day to have your lip lines read by Deni Luna, one of the world’s 10 certified lipsologists. Lipsology is similar to palm reading. You’ll get to learn more about yourself and your relationships while enjoying special Valentine’s Day cocktails. The best part is, the reading is free!
You can reserve your spot on the event page.
When: Tuesday, February 14, 2023 from 6:00 to 8:00
Where: W Seattle (1112 4th Ave)
9. See a Valentine’s Day burlesque show
Go big or go home this Valentine’s Day by taking your love to a flashy burlesque show. Check out these upcoming Valentine’s Day burlesque shows in Seattle (click the links for tickets):
- Cheek to Cheek by TUSH! Burlesque on Saturday, February 11 at the Olympia Ballroom.
- Burlesque At The Hall: Valentine’s Day on Tuesday, February 14 at Queen Anne Beer Hall.
- The Atomic Bombshells J’ADORE from February 10 to February 14 at The Triple Door.
10. Celebrate your friendships at a dance party
If you just want to celebrate your pals this Valentine’s Day, then this is the party for you. There will be friendship trivia, DJs, and live performers on the main stage at VUE Lounge in Belltown.
Get tickets on the event page.
When: Friday, February 10, 2023 at 9:00 p.m.
Where: VUE Lounge (2324 2nd Ave)
11. Shop for a gift at a Valentine’s Day market
Need to buy a gift for your better half? Swing by Cathedral in Ballard for their Valentine’s Day market. You’ll be able to shop and support local businesses and artists. Bring your partner with you and make it a date. Afterwards you can walk through the Ballard Farmers Market that takes place on the same day.
When: Sunday, February 12, 2023 from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Where: Cathedral (5449 Ballard Avenue Northwest)
Cost: Free admission
12. Challenge your date to a half marathon
If you and your partner enjoy being active together you may want to sign up for this Valentine’s Day marathon in Seattle. You can choose between three distances (5K, 10K and half marathon) and a half marathon relay. There will also be an oatmeal bar, a large heated tent, and race shirts. Walkers are welcome, but dogs are not.
You can register now on the Orca Running website.
When: Sunday, February 12, 2023 starting at 7:00 a.m.
Where: Seward Park
13. Attend a swing dancing party
If you love swing dancing, you can’t miss this Valentine’s Day event. The night starts off with a beginner’s dance lesson, after which there will be live music and dancing as well as a special performance. There will also be a full bar (this event is 21+) and an optional dress theme of red and pink attire.
Get your ticket on the Swinging Seattle website.
When: Saturday, February 11, 2023 at 7:15 p.m.
Where: Polish Cultural Center (1714 18th Ave)
14. Make a reservation for a special Valentine’s Day dinner
Planning a romantic Valentine’s Day dinner in Seattle but not sure where to go? We rounded up 10 Seattle restaurants offering special Valentine’s Day dinners (plus one Seattle winery that is offering an anti-Valentines dinner).
15. Treat yourselves to something sweet
If your crush has a sweet tooth, surprise them with something delicious from one of these Seattle bakeries that are offering special Valentine’s Day treats:
- Cinnaholic has Valentine’s Day treats such as chocolate-covered strawberries and custom gift boxes on their menu right now.
- Byen Bakeri is offering Valentine’s Day specials such as heart-shaped princess cakes and Valentine’s Day treat boxes.
- Deep Sea Sugar & Salt is now accepting orders for their 6-pack of Valentine’s Day cupcakes.
16. Make a “Barkuterie Board” for your furry Valentine
If your Valentine is your dog, there’s no shame in that game. Celebrate your love for each other by making them a special treat at the Barkuterie Board Workshop. While you build a board full of treats for your pup, you get to enjoy snacks and beverages. You have to register by emailing email@example.com.
Note: dogs are not invited to this event.
When: Saturday, February 11, 2023 (three time slots available)
Where: The Seattle Barkery Kitchen at 516 NE 165th St, Shoreline, WA
17. Make something together at a crafty class
If your love language is quality time, a great Valentine’s Day date is taking a crafty class together at The Works. The week before Valentine’s Day they are offering classes on floral arranging, chocolate truffles, charcuterie boards, and moss wall art. You can also take a watercolor class or make a macrame plant hanger the week of Valentine’s Day. To sign up for a class, check out their online calendar.
18. Have a romantic dinner at an Italian restaurant
Surprise your other half with a reservation to The Pink Door, an Italian restaurant at Pike Place Market that was named one of the top 100 restaurants in the county last year.
You can also check out our guide to the best Italian restaurants in Seattle.
19. Get cocktails at a hidden speakeasy
If you really want to impress your date for Valentine’s Day, check out our guide to the most well-hidden speakeasy bars in Seattle.
20. Go winery-hopping in Woodinville
Did you know that there are some stellar wineries less than an hour’s drive from Seattle? This would make a great Valentine’s Day getaway if your date loves wine. Visit the Woodinville Wine Country website for more info.
21. Take a romantic trip near Seattle
Seattle’s ferry system and the many nearby islands make it easy to plan a romantic weekend getaway for Valentine’s Day. For example, does your partner love the movie Practical Magic? You can hop on a ferry and take them to the nearby town where Practical Magic was filmed!
We also have a handy guide to destinations near Seattle for a last-minute day trip.
22. Warm up in a hot tub boat
If the weather on Valentine’s Day is cold and rainy, the two of you can warm up together in a hot tub. Read our guide to Seattle’s best saunas and hot tubs (and yes, this includes the famous hot tub boats in Lake Union).
23. Buy each other books from an indie bookstore
This is a great Valentine’s Day idea for book-lovers. Take them to one of Seattle’s indie bookstores and let them pick out as many books as they want—or you can each pick out a book that you think the other person would enjoy. Bonus romance points if you go to Open Books, the poetry bookstore in Pioneer Square.
24. Get drinks with a view of Seattle on a rooftop bar
It doesn’t get much more romantic than a sky-high cocktail date with a view. See our guide to Seattle’s best rooftop bars, many of which have heated and covered seating areas in case the weather is lousy.
25. Browse a used record store together
If your partner loves music, treat them this Valentine’s Day by taking them to one of Seattle’s best record stores. Hot tip: if you go to Easy Street Records in West Seattle, you can also get a casual but delicious meal at their attached cafe.
26. Have a romantic dinner in front of a roaring fire
Romantic and cozy: that’s the vibe you’ll achieve with a dinner by the fire. We rounded up the best Seattle bars and restaurants with a fireplace for your Valentine’s Day needs.
27. Go on a museum date
If you want to bring some classic When Harry Met Sally vibes into your Valentine’s Day, take your best friend to one of Seattle’s many amazing museums. We have an article with tips on free museum admission days and discounts to help you do it on a budget, too.
28. Stroll through a scenic Seattle garden or park
Maybe it’s a little too early in your relationship to make a fancy dinner reservation for Valentine’s Day, or maybe you both just love the outdoors. Either way, you can’t go wrong with planning a date in one of Seattle’s beautiful city parks and gardens. Don a raincoat if it’s drizzling, grab coffees, and go explore the Seattle Japanese Garden or one of these stunning Seattle parks.
29. Book a staycation at a boutique Seattle hotel
If you can’t swing a full weekend getaway but still want a romantic night that involves room service, surprise your love with a staycation right here in Seattle. Read our guide to the coolest boutique hotels in Seattle.
30. See a romantic ballet
Pacific Northwest Ballet is performing the extremely romantic ballet Giselle from February 3 through February 12—just in time for an early Valentine’s Day date. Get tickets and more info on the Pacific Northwest Ballet website.